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With winter coming right up on our heels and my grandfather recently moving in with us, we really wanted to transform our garage into a space that would hold more functions than just a storage space filled with what was a pile of everything under the sun! We really needed a place for extra shoes, book bags, coats and winter gloves/hats/etc to land.
Most people wonder why we wouldn’t just use this space as a garage and put a vehicle inside? Well… our garage is different from many others because of the history. Our home was built during the 1920’s and the owner was one of the first people to actually build in our neighborhood! The garage itself was actually added onto the home, to house his very first car, a 1929 Ford Model A. It even had the luxury of having finished hardwood floors at one point! We still have some of the baseboard and trim exposed, but the floors themselves have been poured over with cement. For those of you who don’t know, a Model A is an early model of a vehicle that was very small in size. So we wouldn’t be able to fit our car in there if we wanted to! ha! So what could we use the space for? Well this is what it did look like…
Yep. That right there is a HOT MESS! We wanted to try to winterize our garage and create a space that is more functional for what we need. So some of our needs are:
- A space to house a second refrigerator/freezer.
- A place for the kids book bags and diaper bag to land.
- Storage for extra paper products, as well as storage bags/garbage bags.
- Exterior garbage bins.
- A place for our bulky coats, boots, scarfs, and hats/gloves.
- Somewhere for the infant seat to land.
- Extra cords/extensions.
- Storage for our bikes and outside “toys” that would be out-of-the-way for winter.
- A place for us to house our mower/snow blower/ outside tools.
- Storage space for our cooler/lunch bags/re-usable grocery bags
So yes, this sounds like a lot! So we needed a product that would help us to organize our
life things. First we measured out walls to make sure that we knew what we had room for! After evaluating what we need to make room for, and what measurements we have available. We took some painters tape and actually placed it on the wall so we could see what exactly we are looking for.
I then headed online to check out what Lowes had that could help a sister out! I knew they would have some great options for exactly what we needed. I was right! They have this great program on their website called, Rubbermaid Storage Planner. It is a great way to visualize what you want and combine it with what you need. Especially for those homeowners who have a hard time visualizing what a project will look like because you can see it first hand before you get to the store AND get a printout of what supplies you will need to pick up! Huge perk!
Once we were at the store we realized first hand how versatile these products really are! Our space is not the standard Mud Room, so our options were endless! Being a garage space that we were creating into a giant walk-in closet that has dual purposes we could really get creative with how we planned this out. The Rubbermaid FastTrack® and Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ Closet Kits have so much to offer to any DIY’r.
These products can be found in the storage and organization aisles in your local Lowes store. There are so many ways you can go about this. There are kits offered, as well as extra accessories, or you can even build your organizer piece by piece! It really is the diamond of organizing.
I fell in love with how the Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ Closet Kits have soooo much to offer. They really allow you to utilize so many of the options available. So we grabbed one of those, and then added on Rubbermaid FastTrack® series accessories like the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® White Sliding Wire Drawer. What I love most about this product is that it is completely adjustable! You can move the brackets pieces to where ever you need them! – No cutting necessary!
They are so simple to install. The system installation is super easy: install the support rails, then the brackets, then the shelves. Where ever, and how ever many you need!
I mean seriously! Doesn’t this look like a completely different space? We didn’t have to knock down walls, or even install anything permanent! By using these Rubbermaid® storage systems we transformed our over-packed, unorganized and useless garage into a space that we can really use and is adaptable to our needs.
I’m obsessed with how clean this room looks now! With cute totes and Rubbermaid® plastic storage containers you can really keep things looking neat and tidy. The kids will have a one-stop location for their winter coats, boots, gloves, back packs etc… and it get’s these things out of my dining room!
We hung our bikes on the ceiling so that they are up and out-of-the-way for winter.
I placed the paper products and extra storage baggies/ garbage bags right next to the inside door so that all I have to do is reach around and grab what I need.
Once the season changes we can swap out the things needed to be stored and even more the shelves around as needed for the new season! We could easily move the winter outside tools like the snow blower to the back of the room and replace them with the bikes, etc. By switching out the coats with sweatshirts for cold nights, and summer shoes, we can even add a shelf or two once the bulky coats are gone. I mean it when I say… the options are endless with these products!
I would love to hear how you are winterizing your space! What are some of your favorite ways to organize for winter?